We spent two nights at Hotel Hafnarfjordur in early August, as part of a trip that began in Toronto (after a drive there from Western New York) and ultimately took us to Amsterdam. We thought we would add three days of Iceland to the intinerary since we were flying Icelandair, and we are glad we did.
We rented a car when we arrived in Iceland so we were able to get to the hotel without any problem, though we did get looped up on the directions when trying to find the place the second day of our stay (GPS would be handy to have in Iceland, since the roads seemed to be only sporadically marked). The timing of the arrival was such that we arrived at the hotel very early, around 7:30 am, which was well before when the room was ready. Since we arrived on a Sunday and were very hungry after the trip, we paid for breakfast at the hotel since it was our understanding that few places were open on Sunday morning and we were too tired to mount a search. That worked out well and I was glad they could accommodate us. I should also note that there is a pizza place next door which saved the day after we came back exhausted after a long day of sightseeing later that night.
The hotel itself is utilitarian in kind of a Scandinavian-type of way which means big emphasis on function, no emphasis on bling. That was fine with us as we used the hotel primarily for sleep; too much to see elsewhere. The room we had was the largest in the hotel, with 5 beds since we had 5 people in our group. As anyone who has a family with 5 people knows, the hotel world is traditionally made for 4 or less, so it can be difficult to find one room for everyone. We were pleased that this hotel did since we did not have to rent two hotel rooms. There was plenty of room for everyone.
The breakfast was great. The oatmeal was very good, there were sliced meats and yogurt too. There were also tomatoes which, I believe, were grown locally in greenhouses and were quite tasty. There was also melon (looked like honeydew, but I don't recall it being green; it did taste great, though). I believe they also served toast and cereal.
The hotel room appeared to have room darkening shades, which is something you need since it only gets dark for maybe an hour a day in early August. The tubless shower worked fine, though the second tub and shower had no shower curtain which may be typical for there, but is strange to an American. Also, you may notice that the shower water has a sulphur odor; I'm not sure if that is something typical to Iceland (my guess, based on the island's use of geothermal energy) or is something that is hotel-specific.
As for Iceland itself, there is a lot to see. If we had to do it all over again, we would have added another day or two in Iceland, and subtracted a day or two from Amsterdam. The natural beauty is stunning, especially the Golden Circle route including Gulfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. We really only scratched the surface and Iceland is big enough that you probably want to stay a few days in one place, and then go someplace else so you can do more exploring without having to drive all the way back to the Reykjavik area. Reykjavik is also quite charming, and is only about 10 minutes or so away. The older section is cute, and there are lots of eating choices. We ate dinner at a place called Caruso, and the food was excellent. Don't miss the Gull lager, which is great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Hafnarfjordur is a newly build three-star hotel in the capital area of Reykjavik. The centre of the harbour town, which is famous for its stories about elves and mystical beings, is just short distance away. The hotel is the ideal choice for independent travellers, companies and families for both long and short term stays. The hotel has a friendly atmosphere aims to make guests feel comfortable and to give them a home away from home.We offer 71 deluxe and soundproofed guestrooms with beautiful furniture. The range of accommodation is spacious, bright and well-equipped. The hotel is a non-smoking hotel with non-smoking rooms only. Many of the rooms provide a kitchenette with a microwave oven, a toaster, a refrigerator and all other necessary cooking utilities.Unfortunately we do not have a proper restaurant but if you wish we can recommend you some good ones which are nearby.Hafnarfjordur is Icelands 3rd-biggest community. Hafnarfjordurs harbour is just 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Here you can take a walk and enjoy the sunset. The town has its own culture and entertainment and hosts an annual Viking Festival plus the Bright Days Festival and the Christmas Village. ... more less
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